BC Invasive Species Month

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May is Invasive Species Action Month in BC

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Resources

Check out these resources for each weekly theme during May, and learn about desired behaviours, top priority invasive plants, and animals. Resources below include factsheets with key facts and messages, youth activities, teacher resources, and more!

NEW for 2019 - Educator's Resource

Download this 51 page educator's resource complete with 10 different activities! Thanks to TD Friends of the Environment for funding this project.

General Invasives Youth Resources

WEEK 1 - May 1 - 5 - PlantWise; Invasive Plants, Horticulture and Agriculture

  • Agriculture/Horticulture Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Youth Activity - Native / Invasive Plants for K-4 (PDF
  • Be PlantWise - Grow Me Instead Booklet (PDF)
  • Native Species Wordsearch (PDF) - click here for the answers!

WEEK 2 - May 6 - 12 - Recreational Boating; focus on water enthusiasts and Clean Drain Dry

Boats and other watercraft are a major method of invasive species entering the province's lakes, streams and wetlands. Please 'clean, drain, dry' all boats and equipment to help reduce the spread of invasive plants and animals to BC waters, such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels.

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Boats and other watercraft are a major method of invasive species entering the province's lakes, streams and wetlands. Please 'clean, drain, dry' all boats and equipment to help reduce the spread of invasive plants and animals to BC waters, such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels.

WEEK 3, May 13 - 19 - PlayCleanGo; focus on recreating in the great outdoors

There are many things you can do to help prevent the spread of invasive species—Take Action and Get Involved! PlayCleanGo is a program that calls BC citizens to be informed, attentive and accountable for stopping the spread of terrestrial invasive species while enjoying the outdoors. Here are some great resources about invasive species and being mindful of our actions in the outdoors:  

  • Firewood Colouring Sheet (PDF)
  • Outdoor Recreation Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Youth Activity: Seeking Invaders and How They Got Here! - A Play Clean Go Activity (Grade 5-8) (PDF)
  • Learn more about Play Clean Go

WEEK 4, May 20 - 26 - Buy Local Burn Local - focus on campers, hunters

Here are some easy action steps you can take as a camper, trail user, fieldworker and homeowner:

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 5, May 27 - 31 - Don't Let it Loose; focus on pet owners and the pet & aquarium trade

Don’t Let It Loose! Be a responsible pet owner.

  • Don't Let it Loose Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Youth Activity - Aquarium Poster (PDF)
  • Don't Let it Loose Rack Card (PDF)
  • Learn more about Don't Let it Loose

Attention Teachers and Youth Leaders! Enjoy these resources: 

  • Find the Mussels Activity Sheet (download the PDF)
  • Mussels Maze Activity Sheet (download the PDF)
  • Aquatic Invasives Colouring Sheet 1 (download the PDF)
  • Aquatic Invasives Colouring Sheet 2 (download the PDF)
  • Aquatic Native & Invasive Word Search (download the PDF)
  • Aquatic Invaders: Activity Package for Teachers & Youth Leaders (PDF)
  • Invasive Species Education Activities: Primary (PDF)
  • Invasive Species Education Activities: Elementary (PDF)
  • Invasive Species Education Activities: Intermediate (PDF)
  • Invasive Species Education Activities: Secondary (PDF)

Find additional education resources, youth activities and publications from ISCBC.

Additional Resources:

  • Prevention of Invasive Species TIPS Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Media Toolkit that has been developed to help groups get the word out, including templates for press releases and media alerts

Other Publications on Invasive Species

The following publications are provided by the Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group (IMISWG), created in 2004 to employ science-based, innovative strategies to protect the health and diversity of BC ecosystems and minimize the negative impacts of invasive species:

  • Invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussel Early Detection and Rapid Response Plan for BC (PDF)